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Public can donate bottle caps for recyclable art project

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Citizens can donate plastic bottle caps and other types of plastic caps, and then participate in creating a mural using the caps, before the cap artwork later moves on to being recycled for use in a local project to produce public benches.

The city of Roswell invites the public to donate the recyclable plastic caps that will be used to create the mural during the Roswell Museum and Art Center’s Science and Art Festival that will be held Saturday, Oct. 12, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Roswell Convention Center.

During the event, children and adults will be able to help design the recyclable art project that will be displayed at a city facility once the mural is complete.

A chart showing the types of plastic caps acceptable for donation — and those unacceptable — can be found on the city’s Facebook page, at www.facebook.com/RoswellNMGovernment/ .

A few examples of acceptable donations, according to a listing disseminated by the city, are: medicine caps, milk jug caps, detergent caps, hair spray caps, toothpaste caps and deodorant caps.

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Examples of unacceptable donations include metal, drink bottles, trigger sprays, fast food drink lids and “plastic pieces.”

Adult volunteers are being sought to help supervise the project during the Science and Art Festival Oct. 12. Anyone interested can contact Thalia Pantoja at 575-637-6238 or t.pantoja@roswell-nm.gov.

The lifespan of the mural before it will start to break down is expected to be several months, but the plastic caps will then serve another purpose as they will be donated to a local “Bottle Caps for Benches” project. The caps, along with other caps donated for that project, will be recycled to produce public benches for Roswell.

Bottle caps can be dropped off at the Roswell Museum and Art Center at 1011 N. Richardson Ave., City Hall at 425 N. Richardson Ave. and the Visitors Center at 426 N. Main St. The deadline to donate the caps for use in the mural is Oct. 7.